“Why is America lucky enough to have such men? They leave this tiny ship and fly against the enemy. Then they must seek the ship, lost somewhere on the sea. And when they find it, they have to land upon its pitching deck. Where did we get such men?”
– RAdm. George Tarrant, The Bridges at Toko Ri
Written before words were mean and safe spaces were needed, James Michener’s The Bridges At Toko-Ri details the heroism of U.S. Navy fliers during the Korean War. The admiral’s last lines (above) describe those who serve(d) both before and after Korea. Like D-Day veterans.
June 06, 2016 marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day and the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II.
Rather than tuning in to Mr. Empty Suit on this solemn anniversary, how ‘bout listening to someone who loved freedom and knew how to honor those who protect and defend it? A Real American president. One who represented and led his country with pride, dignity, and class. Like President Ronald Reagan.
Here’s President Reagan’s 1984 Address at the Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion at Point-du-Hoc (it’s longish, but worth the listen):
No, Mr. Michener. America isn’t “lucky” to have such men and women. We are blessed.
The Invasion of Normandy was the invasion and establishment of Western Allied forces in Normandy, during Operation Overlord in 1944 during World War II, the largest amphibious invasion to ever take place.
D-Day, the date of the initial assaults, was Tuesday 6 June 1944 and Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on that day came from Canada, the Free French Forces, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In the weeks following the invasion, Polish forces also participated, as well as contingents from Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and the Netherlands. Most of the above countries also provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force,[nb 1] and the Royal Norwegian Navy.